Leading green energy experts, alongside senior business and public sector decision makers gathered in Bristol in November to find practical ways for the public, private and investment sectors to work together and help our region lead the green energy transition.
The event was co-hosted by UK:100 and the South West Energy Hub, as part of ongoing work at the West of England Combined Authority to develop green energy projects for the region and set out a practical agenda to solve the climate emergency.
Tim Bowles, Mayor of the West of England, said: “Climate change is one of the greatest threats facing the human race and we need to develop the practical solutions to face this challenge, while continuing to support inclusive growth. The West of England, and the wider South West, are rich in skilled people, innovative businesses and the natural resources to become a key hub for the green energy sector and clean energy generation. That’s why we brought this summit to our area to showcase our potential and kick-start the collaborations that can help us realise this promise.
“We are on the brink of a clean, green energy revolution which tackles the climate emergency, creates jobs, increases our energy security, develops new, exciting technologies and reduces fuel poverty all at the same time. I hope this summit is a first step to the West of England taking a leading role in addressing the climate challenge.”
The South West Energy Hub is managed by the West of England Combined Authority and funded by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. The team provides free expert advice and extra capacity to get public and voluntary sector energy schemes off the ground, for example helping with feasibility studies, planning applications and funding bids.